The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The Sterling submarket is experiencing a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $9 per sqft per year. That's a 28% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Washington D.C. market, the Sterling submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 0 listings have been listed, which means leases are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About Inf% of the available leases in the Sterling are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,000 sqft. Most properties in this market are close to 3 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1991 and are Class A.